During my third and final year of university, I volunteered with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in media and communications. One of the many things that was appealing about volunteering for The Wildlife Trusts was the flexibility of the extent and nature of the opportunities they provide! In my case, having a very busy academic and extra-curricular schedule, I was able to contribute as much or as little as I was able in any particular week.
Furthermore, I could experience whatever aspect of the organisation that I wanted to. I experienced an office environment, wrote blogs, got an insight into the website construction, and practically engaged in events such as the Capital One green Christmas event. We visited the Capital One office in Nottingham and engaged members of staff in discussions about wildlife and local nature reserves, and how they could get involved.
It has opened my mind to the possibilities of what I can do, how I can encourage others to connect to nature, and what my future career could look like!
My interest in the environment was of course my key motivation for volunteering for The Wildlife Trusts. I wanted to get an insight into what a role within a national environmental organisation could look like, given my longer term desire to pursue a role in the environment after I graduated.